“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'”
Jesus wants us to be free. Many times I have read this passage and thought those who come to Jesus will be made free. That is true, but there is more freedom to be enjoyed and experienced for the disciple, and it comes by the transforming power of the Word of God.
Jesus is speaking to those who have believed, and His instructions are to abide in His Word. Read it, meditate on it, chew on it, honor it, respect it, believe it, obey it, and make it the absolute standard of every aspect in your life.
As we do that, we begin to know the truth more and more, and it frees from all sorts of wrong thinking and wrong perspectives. There are so many reasons we do not live as free people, and the root of those reasons is wrong thinking or a mind conformed to this world.
The truth tells us that we are loved perfectly and eternally by God the Father, and to that sets us free from the approval of the world.
The truth tells us that Jesus is the only One who can give us purpose and satisfaction, and that sets us free from empty pursuits.
The truth tells us that God will never leave us nor forsake us, and that sets us free to invest our lives fully in Him.
The truth tells us that God knows all our needs and will always take care of us, and that sets us free from the worries of the world.
The truth tells us that life on earth is not the end all be all but is merely a breath, and that sets us free to live for eternity.
The truth tells the believer he is born of God and will be with Him forever, and that sets us free to love and serve others regardless of what we are made to endure.
I love freedom, and I want to experience true freedom in Christ to the fullest extent. Don’t you?
Abide in His Word, make it your daily bread, give it the highest place of honor and authority in your lives. Jesus promised if you do that, you will know the truth, and the truth will make you FREE.